Pressure on Memphis Zoo Mounts as 87,000 People Worldwide Call for Abused Memphis Zoo Pandas, YaYa and LeLe, To Go Home to China
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FROM IDA In Defense of Animals
November 2021

Despite this unprecedented level of public concern, Memphis Zoo remains resolutely stubborn in refusing to engage with the concerns raised by panda lovers across the world or even have a dialogue with them.

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International animal protection nonprofit In Defense of Animals has teamed up with Panda Voices to call for the immediate retirement of giant pandas YaYa and LeLe. Over 87,000 people across
the world have now signed a petition and In Defense of Animals alert to express their deep concern for the pandas’ welfare.

Watch the video HERE.

“Anyone watching the Memphis Zoo webcam can see these pandas are in crisis,” said Fleur Dawes, Communications Director for In Defense of Animals. “We’re calling on Memphis Zoo CEO Jim Dean to stop the torture of YaYa and LeLe and send them back to China where they can be nursed back to health, eat suitable food, and live as pandas should.”

Shipped from Beijing, China, in 2003, giant pandas YaYa and LeLe have been held captive at Memphis Zoo for 18 years. They are mistreated and visibly distressed, suffering from insufficient bamboo, malnourishment, excessive caging time (10+ hours), skin mite disease, dental problems and zoochosis-a distressed state of mental health shown through abnormal, repetitive "stereotypical" behaviors.



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